# seq

##### Sequence Generation

Generate regular sequences. `seq`

is a standard generic with a
default method. `seq.int`

is a primitive which can be
much faster but has a few restrictions. `seq_along`

and
`seq_len`

are very fast primitives for two common cases.

- Keywords
- manip

##### Usage

`seq(…)`# S3 method for default
seq(from = 1, to = 1, by = ((to - from)/(length.out - 1)),
length.out = NULL, along.with = NULL, …)

seq.int(from, to, by, length.out, along.with, …)

seq_along(along.with)
seq_len(length.out)

##### Arguments

- …
arguments passed to or from methods.

- from, to
the starting and (maximal) end values of the sequence. Of length

`1`

unless just`from`

is supplied as an unnamed argument.- by
number: increment of the sequence.

- length.out
desired length of the sequence. A non-negative number, which for

`seq`

and`seq.int`

will be rounded up if fractional.- along.with
take the length from the length of this argument.

##### Details

Numerical inputs should all be finite (that is, not infinite,
`NaN`

or `NA`

).

The interpretation of the unnamed arguments of `seq`

and
`seq.int`

is *not* standard, and it is recommended always to
name the arguments when programming.

`seq`

is generic, and only the default method is described here.
Note that it dispatches on the class of the **first** argument
irrespective of argument names. This can have unintended consequences
if it is called with just one argument intending this to be taken as
`along.with`

: it is much better to use `seg_along`

in that
case.

`seq.int`

is an internal generic which dispatches on
methods for `"seq"`

based on the class of the first supplied
argument (before argument matching).

Typical usages are

seq(from, to) seq(from, to, by= ) seq(from, to, length.out= ) seq(along.with= ) seq(from) seq(length.out= )

The first form generates the sequence `from, from+/-1, …, to`

(identical to `from:to`

).

The second form generates `from, from+by`

, …, up to the
sequence value less than or equal to `to`

. Specifying ```
to -
from
```

and `by`

of opposite signs is an error. Note that the
computed final value can go just beyond `to`

to allow for
rounding error, but is truncated to `to`

. (‘Just beyond’
is by up to \(10^{-10}\) times `abs(from - to)`

.)

The third generates a sequence of `length.out`

equally spaced
values from `from`

to `to`

. (`length.out`

is usually
abbreviated to `length`

or `len`

, and `seq_len`

is much
faster.)

The fourth form generates the integer sequence ```
1, 2, …,
length(along.with)
```

. (`along.with`

is usually abbreviated to
`along`

, and `seq_along`

is much faster.)

The fifth form generates the sequence `1, 2, …, length(from)`

(as if argument `along.with`

had been specified), *unless*
the argument is numeric of length 1 when it is interpreted as
`1:from`

(even for `seq(0)`

for compatibility with S).
Using either `seq_along`

or `seq_len`

is much preferred
(unless strict S compatibility is essential).

The final form generates the integer sequence ```
1, 2, …,
length.out
```

unless `length.out = 0`

, when it generates
`integer(0)`

.

Very small sequences (with `from - to`

of the order of \(10^{-14}\)
times the larger of the ends) will return `from`

.

For `seq`

(only), up to two of `from`

, `to`

and
`by`

can be supplied as complex values provided `length.out`

or `along.with`

is specified. More generally, the default method
of `seq`

will handle classed objects with methods for
the `Math`

, `Ops`

and `Summary`

group generics.

`seq.int`

, `seq_along`

and `seq_len`

are
primitive.

##### Value

`seq.int`

and the default method of `seq`

for numeric
arguments return a vector of type `"integer"`

or `"double"`

:
programmers should not rely on which.

`seq_along`

and `seq_len`

return an integer vector, unless
it is a *long vector* when it will be double.

##### References

Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988)
*The New S Language*.
Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

##### See Also

The methods `seq.Date`

and `seq.POSIXt`

.

##### Examples

`library(base)`

```
seq(0, 1, length.out = 11)
seq(stats::rnorm(20)) # effectively 'along'
seq(1, 9, by = 2) # matches 'end'
seq(1, 9, by = pi) # stays below 'end'
seq(1, 6, by = 3)
seq(1.575, 5.125, by = 0.05)
seq(17) # same as 1:17, or even better seq_len(17)
```

*Documentation reproduced from package base, version 3.4.1, License: Part of R 3.4.1*

### Community examples

**texchi2@gmail.com**at Aug 2, 2017 base v3.4.1

# to generate the 10 first odd numbers seq.int(1,10, by = 2) # or c(1:10)[c(T,F)]

**richie@datacamp.com**at Jan 17, 2017 base v3.3.2

`seq_len()` creates a sequence from 1 to n. ```{r} seq_len(17) # same as 1:17 ``` Its main advantage is that it behaves more intuitively when n is zero. ```{r} seq_len(0) 1:0 # Not the same! ``` `seq_along()` creates a sequence from 1 to the length of the input. ```{r} seq_along(month.abb) ``` This is really useful for [`for`](https://www.rdocumentation.org/packages/base/topics/Control) loops. ```{r} for(i in seq_along(month.abb)) { print(month.abb[i]) } ``` `seq.int()` creates a sequence from one number to another. ```{r} seq.int(-1.75, 3.25) ``` You can pass a `by` argument to specify the step size. ```{r} seq.int(-1.75, 3.25, by = 0.5) ``` The `by` argument doesn't have to exactly divide the range of the sequence. ```{r} seq.int(-1.75, 3.25, by = pi / 4) ``` If you get the sign of the `by` argument wrong, `seq.int()` will throw an error. ```{r} tryCatch( seq.int(-1.75, 3.25, by = -1), error = print ) ``` Alternatively you can pass a `length.out` argument to specify the length of the output. ```{r} seq.int(-1.75, 3.25, length.out = 21) ``` Or you can specify an `along.with` argument to specify the length of the output in a different way. ```{r} seq.int(-1.75, 3.25, along.with = month.abb) ``` `seq()` combines the functionality of the three previously mentioned functions into one. By only remembering this one function, you save on brain-memory at a cost of some run-time performance and a more complicated interface. Pass only a single number, and `seq()` behaves like `seq_len()`. ```{r} seq(17) ``` But looks what happens when you pass it zero. ```{r} seq(0) ``` Pass only a vector, and it behaves like `seq_along()`. ```{r} seq(month.abb) ``` Multi-argument uses behave like `seq.int()`. ```{r} seq(-1.75, 3.25, by = 0.5) seq(-1.75, 3.25, length.out = 21) seq(-1.75, 3.25, along.with = month.abb) ```